Kids with celiac disease need outdoor play

July 23, 2010 at 8:56 PM
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EDMONTON, Alberta, July 23 (UPI) -- Children with celiac disease should go outside and play, and take vitamins to ward off weak bones and osteoporosis, researchers in Canada advise.

Researchers at the University of Alberta say the study involved 43 children and teens ages 3-18, who were diagnosed with celiac disease.

Diana Mager, one of the researchers, says the study showed the children got less than 50 percent of their recommended dietary intake of vitamin K as well as low levels of vitamin D.

"Children with celiac disease are at risk for poor bone health, but by adding vitamins K and D to their diets, it can help reduce the risk of fractures and osteoporosis," Mager says in a statement.

Children with celiac disease should include physical activity in their daily routines to build bone strength and boost their vitamin D levels from the sun by exercising outside, the researchers advise.

"Enjoying activities such as walking and running outdoors when there is more sunshine is a great way to contribute to healthy bones," Mager says.

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